Slate: The Undercover Economist

By Tim Harford



Beauty and the Geek
Maybe good looks do make you smarter. March 3, 2007

Minibar Economics
Why you should stay at hotels that overcharge for drinks and Wi-Fi access. February 17, 2007

The Distance Paradox
If telecommuting is so easy, why do we travel for work more than ever? February 3, 2007

Why the Stock Market Rises in January
And why it shouldn't. January 27, 2007

What potty training reveals about excessive executive salaries. January 13, 2007


We're Watching You, Slacker
Do hardworking employees make their lazy colleagues more productive? December 23, 2006

The Not-So-Dismal Science
How economists measure whether you're happy. December 8, 2006

I Want It Now!
The curious economics of temptation. November 25, 2006

My Boss Is 65 and Pregnant
How fertility advances could allow women to take over the boardroom. November 11, 2006

Would the United States be better off with only one time zone? October 28, 2006

Charity Is Selfish
The economic case against philanthropy. October 10, 2006

When Moms Work, Kids Get Fat
An incendiary new explanation for childhood obesity. September 30, 2006

A Marriage of Convenience
How matrimony is alarmingly like coal mining. September 16, 2006

A Cock-and-Bull Story
Explaining the huge rise in teen oral sex. September 2, 2006

The Preservation Paradox
Why conservation laws can kill the animals they're supposed to protect. August 19, 2006

Hezbollah and the Prisoner's Dilemma
Can game theory solve the Israel-Lebanon war? August 3, 2006

The Chocolate War
Can schools successfully ban candy? An economist doubts it. July 22, 2006

The Case of the Unpaid Parking Ticket
Why some people cheat, and others don't. July 8, 2006

World Cup Game Theory
What economics tells us about penalty kicks. June 24, 2006

Buy! Buy! Buy! Sell! Sell! Sell!
The rational explanation for stock market frenzies and crashes. June 10, 2006

The $10,000 Light Bulb
Or, why it's so hard to measure inflation. May 27, 2006

Risky Business
Should you ever buy rental car insurance? May 12, 2006

If Life Gives You Lemons
Why you can never buy a decent used car. April 29, 2006

Confusion Pricing
Why cell-phone plans are so hard to understand. April 15, 2006

There's Not Enough Money in Politics
Lobbyists spend $2 billion a year to influence Congress. Why so little? April 1, 2006

Fire Grandpa! Hire Junior!
Why older workers are paid way too much, and younger workers way too little. March 18, 2006

Why New Orleans Won't Recover
An economic explanation based on the Chicago Fire, the Kobe earthquake, and my CD collection. March 4, 2006

I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
The economic case for polygamy. February 17, 2006

Who's the Greatest Artist of the 20th Century?
This economist has figured out the answer. February 4, 2006

The Mystery of the Rude Waiter
Why my favorite restaurant employs such a churlish lout. January 21, 2006 (The first The Undercover Economist article.)

Starbucks Economics
Solving the mystery of the elusive "short" cappuccino. January 6, 2006 (The last Everyday Economics article.)


Xbox Economics, Part 2
More reasons Microsoft isn't charging enough for the season's hot game console. Dec 21, 2005

The Great Xbox Shortage of 2005
Why you can't buy the one present you really need. Dec 15, 2005

Compiled by Udayan Roy. Last updated on March 11, 2007